Episode 200: Timmy O’Neill – A Life of Yes.

On Episode 200 of the Enormocast, I sit down with Timmy O’Neill. Timmy made a name for himself as a speed demon on the walls of Yosemite, but also as a fast-talking wise ass in such films as Urban Ape and Paralellojams. Born on the mean streets of Philly as one member of an enormous Irish Catholic family, Timmy busted a move to the West as soon as he was able and lucked into a scene in Yosemite with such contemporaries as Dean Potter and Sean “Stanley” Leary. His brother, Sean O’Neill, lost the use of his legs as a youth, and Timmy pushed his brother to become a climber and finally climb big walls. The experience of seeing his brother thrive in the vertical world on El Cap led Timmy to help form and help run Paradox Sports for many years. He also became a trusted partner for blind climber, Erik Weihenmayer. Now at middle age, Timmy is able to reflect in a crazy life on the rocks and all the love he feels for the gifts the natural world has given him and for the community that surrounds.

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2 Replies to “Episode 200: Timmy O’Neill – A Life of Yes.”

  1. Wow. Thanks. Been looking forward to this for awhile and after listening I’m reminded why. Just an amazing person, and this is why I climb is cuz its the only place I find these folks.

    Congrats on 10 years Chris! You’ve made a really important contribution.

    1. Thanks. I think that climbing and sort of the peter pan syndrome that can come with it can stunt ones path to true maturity. But Timmy has somehow managed to both stay wide eyed and youthful and yet mature and become self reflective and use wisdom in a very deep way. It was a tremendously powerful conversation in the room. I’m glad that came across on tape.

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